Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lifestyle Conferences Slated for Nation's Working Women / by the Republican Party

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lifestyle Conferences Slated for Nation's Working Women / by the Republican Party

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WASHINGTON - The Republican Party is reaching out to working women in a most unusual way - sponsoring conferences focused on the problems and lifestyles of career women, including sessions on everything from pay discrimination and child care to aerobics and, yes, even politics.

""We are in the middle of a revolution for women,'' says Betty Heitman, co-chairman of the Republican National Committee. ""What we are trying to do is get in front of the trend ... Career enhancement for the women is our goal.''

What the party is also trying to do is bridge the ""gender gap'' - the popular phrase for the fact that women have held generally more negative views of President Reagan and the GOP for the past five years.

While Reagan won the women's vote in the 1984 election, various national polls said he did less well among women than men - a repeat of the gap that first showed up in the 1980 election.

Public and private polls have shown that women, particularly working women, have doubts about the Republicans' commitment to such concerns as equal pay for equal work, a legal requirement.

With 10 ""Alliance for Opportunity'' conferences around the country this year and next, the RNC hopes to alter that view. The conferences, which organizers hope will attract 500 participants each, are unusual for a political party because they will not focus strictly on hard-core politics.

""The Republican Party cares a lot about the everyday concerns of women,'' Heitman said in a recent interview.

The schedule for the first conference, to be held Oct. 4-6 in Orlando, Fla., reflects that concern.

Sessions will focus on climbing the corporate career ladder, balancing family and career, managing money, dealing with stress and setting up a business. Speakers include Martha Seger, a member of the Federal Reserve Board; Muriel Siebert, chairman of the brokerage house that bears her name; and Susan Stautberg, author of ""Pregnancy: 9 to 5. …

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